Laboratory Journal – Business Web for Users in Science and Industry en Interview with Refika Bilgic, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IKA Works, on the development of the international lab market During Pittcon 2017 we had the chance to speak with Refika Bilgic, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IKA Works, about the development of the international lab market and the trade relations to the USA. Thu, 11 May 2017 06:50:00 +0000 Cost Effective Pipette Packs from Socorex The Triopack is a ready to use set including 3 Acura manual adjustable pipettes, sample of Qualitips, QC certificate and operating instructions. There are nine different Triopacks available, each covering specific volumes. The full coverage stretches between 0.1 µL to 10 mL. From molecular genetics to environmental analytics, this large choice of micropipettes offers convenient instrument combinations for any laboratory needs. Wed, 10 May 2017 10:22:00 +0000 The Importance of Tobacco Control In new research published today by King's College London - Institute of Cancer Policy and the Conflict & Health Research Group in the journal ecancermedicalscience, the difficulties of prioritising preventable disease and long term health issues in post conflict zones are explored. Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:35:00 +0000 Stem Cells Re-Wired to Fight Arthritis? Using new gene-editing technology, researchers have rewired mouse stem cells to fight inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic conditions. Such stem cells, known as SMART cells (Stem cells Modified for Autonomous Regenerative Therapy), develop into cartilage cells that produce a biologic anti-inflammatory drug that, ideally, will replace arthritic cartilage and simultaneously protect joints and other tissues from damage that occurs with chronic inflammation. Thu, 27 Apr 2017 15:20:00 +0000 Call for Papers: Global Challenges Special Issue on Interdisciplinary Research and Impact Global Challenges is inviting papers for a Special Issue on Interdisciplinary Research and Impact. Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:14:00 +0000 Making Batteries from Waste Glass Bottles Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like cell phones and laptops. Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:12:00 +0000 Nano-Sized Sensor: Feeling the Heat in Cells Tiny flat sensors that stick to the surface of living cells can provide detailed measurements of heat transfer at the cell surface. Developed at KAUST, these new sensors resolve some of the practical challenges of working with these tiny cells as well as enable novel diagnostic techniques. The results have been published in the journal Small. Wed, 19 Apr 2017 07:20:00 +0000 Shedding Light on Light Absorption: Titanium Dioxide Unveiled The anatase crystal form of Titanium dioxide (TiO₂) is one of the most promising materials for photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications nowadays. Despite years of studies on the conversion of light absorbed by anatase TiO₂, into electrical charges, the very nature of its fundamental electronic and optical properties remained still unknown. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 07:29:00 +0000 Neurosciences: Brain Tissue from a Petri Dish The most complex organ in humans is the brain. Due to its complexity and, of course, for ethical reasons, it is extremely difficult to do scientific experiments on it – ones that could help us to understand neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, for example. Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have now succeeded in turning human stem cells derived from skin samples into tiny, three-dimensional, brain-like cultures that behave very similarly to cells in the human midbrain. Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:14:00 +0000 Material Sciences: Graphene ‘Phototransistor’ Promising for Optical Technologies Researchers have solved a problem hindering development of highly sensitive optical devices made of a material called graphene, an advance that could bring applications from imaging and displays to sensors and high-speed communications (see video). Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:38:00 +0000 How Do You Eat your Chocolate Bunny? ​A new study published in the Wiley journal Laryngoscope tackles the timely subject of "Seasonality of Auricular Amputations in Rabbits" – or, put more simply, ear amputations of chocolate bunnies. The tongue-in-cheek research was carried out by ear, nose, and throat doctor Kathleen Yaremchuk, based at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, who decided to have fun with the topic to establish the unique nature of chocolate bunny eating. Fri, 14 Apr 2017 03:56:00 +0000 Relocation of Proteins with a New Nanobody Tool Researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel have developed a new method by which proteins can be transported to a new location in a cell. The novel tool enables scientists to study the function of proteins depending on their position by using nanobodies. The tool can be used for a wide range of proteins and in various areas of developmental biology. The scientific journal eLife has published the results. Thu, 13 Apr 2017 05:12:00 +0000 Precision Lab Products from Hecht-Assistent Assistent offers a big range of products to pipette or dispense nearly all kinds of liquids – even aggressive liquids – from 5 μl up to 100 ml. Products with the brand name Assistent combine highest possible precision with simplest operation. You can find the complete delivery program – e.g. conformity certified maintenance-free Piston Stroke Pipettes, Micro Pipettes Digital with stepless volume adjustment and tip ejector; Single and Multi Channel Pipettes, Digital Burettes, Micro and Macro Pipetting Aids. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 11:32:00 +0000 Rare Earths Become Water-repellent Only as They Age Surfaces that have been coated with rare earth oxides develop water-repelling properties only after contact with air. Even at room temperature, chemical reactions begin with hydrocarbons in the air. In the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from the University of Basel, the Swiss Nanoscience Institute and the Paul Scherrer Institute report that it is these reactions that are responsible for the hydrophobic effect. Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:02:00 +0000 Eppendorf BioFlo 120 Bioprocess Control Station The flexible BioFlo 120 bioreactor/fermentor control station is capable of microbial fermentation as well as mammalian cell culture applications. It features an extensive range of glass and BioBLU Single-Use Vessel options (250 mL – 40 L). Universal connections for digital Mettler Toledo® ISM and analog sensors make it easy to monitor a variety of critical process parameters. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:12:00 +0000 Neuroscience: An Injectable Guidance System for Nerve Cells In many tissues of the human body, such as nerve tissue, the spatial organization of cells plays an important role. Nerve cells and their long protrusions assemble into nerve tracts and transport information throughout the body. When such a tissue is injured, an accurate spatial orientation of the cells facilitates the healing process. Scientists from the DWI – Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials in Aachen developed an injectable gel, which can act as a guidance system for nerve cells. Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:13:00 +0000 Phenomenex extends kinetex and luna omega performance advantages to 1mm ID format Phenomenex announces the expansion of its leading Kinetex core-shell and Luna Omega fully porous media offerings to a new 1mm ID microbore format. These new stainless steel columns are compatible with micro LC systems, which operate at very low flow rates and effectively separate small-volume samples. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 13:16:00 +0000 A Molecular On/Off Switch for CRISPR For many bacteria, one line of defense against viral infection is a sophisticated RNA-guided “immune system” called CRISPR-Cas. At the center of this system is a surveillance complex that recognizes viral DNA and triggers its destruction. However, viruses can strike back and disable this surveillance complex using “anti-CRISPR” proteins, though no one has figured out exactly how these anti-CRISPRs work—until now. Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:50:00 +0000 Metrohm launches new entry-level ion chromatograph for routine water analyses Metrohm is proud to announce the launch of the Eco IC, a cost-effective new ion chromatograph designed for routine analysis. Eco IC delivers performance and productivity for price sensitive markets such as environmental testing and higher education. Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:29:00 +0000 New XL cutting mill Accepts large sample pieces and generates high throughput Retsch have added a new model to their cutting mill family: the SM 400 XL is perfectly suitable for primary size reduction of very large sample pieces measuring up to 17 cm x 22 cm, but can also achieve the required final fineness in one step, depending on the application. The large surface of the bottom sieve (240 mm x 240 mm) permits processing of large sample volumes, resulting in a higher throughput than is possible with smaller cutting mills. Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:23:00 +0000 Interview with Joachim Koenen (Witec) on the development of the international lab market During Pittcon 2017 we had the chance to speak with Joachim Koenen, Founder and CEO of Witec Germany and Witec US, about the development of the international lab market and the trade relations to the USA. Fri, 07 Apr 2017 06:59:00 +0000 Continuous-Flow Chemistry Over the past few years, continuous processing employing flow reactors with channel dimensions in the micro- or millimeter region is flourishing in the academic, pharmaceutical and fine chemical sectors. Owing to these small reactor volumes, the overall safety is considerably enhanced, which is of vital importance when hazardous reagents are operated [1]. Therefore, syntheses that were previously “forbidden” due to safety reasons, or even reactions simply not possible in batch, are feasible with relatively low risk. Tue, 04 Apr 2017 07:53:00 +0000 Detection of Bacteria and Antibiotic Resistance Recent advances in micro and nanofabrication of sensors are enabling integration of multi-modal sensor signal generation techniques into a single device. Such integration has the potential to make diagnostic tools more efficient, highly sensitive and selective. Here we describe a multi-modal technique using a microfluidic microcantilever sensor and show its potential applications for detection of bacteria and bacterial drug resistance. Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:38:00 +0000 Microfluidic Multi-Tissue Platform for Use with Spherical Microtissues The use of microphysiological systems is often considered a next step towards more comprehensive and representative in vitro testing systems. Microphysiological systems comprise conventional or more advanced, three-dimensional cell cultures representing a specific organ type and a fluidic routing scheme, which allows for applying controlled perfusion protocols. On a next level of complexity, different organ models are then combined in the same platform and are fluidically interconnected which enables physiological metabolic communication. Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:26:00 +0000 Chromatography Basics Thorsten Teutenberg1, Terence Hetzel1, Denise Loeker1, Juri Leonhardt1   There are several strategies that can be used when we’re looking for a solution to a chromatographic separation problem. The Purnell-equation, often called the “Master Equation” of chromatography, specifies the parameters for the targeted optimization of the chromatographic resolution [1, 2]. Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:02:00 +0000